The Hawaiian State Bar Association reported that in 2011, there were 4,632 active attorneys licensed to practice in the state. Approximately 39% of those attorney are in private practice. The vast majority of attorneys in Hawaii practice on the island of Oahu.
Attorneys in Hawaii join the state level legal associations for a variety of reasons including networking opportunities, publications on a specialty practice areas of the law, and access to quality CLE seminars.
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The Hawaii State Bar Association was created in 1899 as a voluntary organization. In 1989, it became formally designated a mandatory unified bar for members of the legal profession. The mission of the Hawaii State Bar is to promote justice, serve the public, and improve the legal profession using seven goals. These goals involve maintaining an effective, democratic organizational structure, promoting the integrity and competency of Hawaiian lawyers, eliminating prejudice and create meaningful opportunities for underrepresented groups in the legal system, educating the public about issues such as their legal rights and responsibilities, increasing the availability of quality legal services to everyone, advancing the equitable and efficient administration of justice, recognizing and addressing lawyer needs on each island.
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The Hawai'i Association for Justice was originally established in 1983, as an affiliate of the American Association for Justice, a national organization. The organization was originally known as the Consumer Lawyers of Hawai'i. The members of HAJ include many of the top personal injury attorneys in the State of Hawai'i.